His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway was born July 20, 1973 in Oslo. He is the only son of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Norway, Harald V and Sonja. His godparents include King Carl Gustav of Sweden and Princess Anne of Great Britain.
Haakon served in the Royal Norwegian Navy including getting his first-level officer's education at the Norwegian Naval Academy, followed by a year aboard missile torpedo boats and other vessels. He then went abroad, receiving a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. Haakon later attended lectures at the University of Oslo and the London School of Economics, as well as completing the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affair's civil servant introductory course in 2001.
He married single mother Mette-Marit Tjessem H°iby on August 25, 2001, who is since then known as Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Their daughter, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, second in succession to the Norwegian throne, was born January 21, 2004.
Beginning Tuesday afternoon November 25, 2003, and ending in the evening of 12 April 2004, Crown Prince Haakon was the country's regent, during the King's treatment for cancer and following convalescence period.